A closer view of the Thaxton wreck shows the debris pile. Engineer Pat Donovan's body was so badly mangled he was only identified by his clothing. The entire woodwork of the train was burned due to exploding gas lights in the coaches. Seven cars were destroyed and six employees and eleven passengers lost their lives. Engine No. 43 is handing the wreck car.
Images of Rail: Norfolk and Western Railway by Nelson Harris
2 July 1889
Nelson Harris; Virginia Museum of Transportation
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